An example of obscure is for a student to use important-sounding words in his science paper to hide the fact that he didn't understand the subject matter.
An example of obscure is the scene on a concert stage when the lighting is dim.
The obscure depths of a cave.
An obscure poet; an obscure family.
The meaning of the text was obscured by its difficult language.
Some say that Blake's style is obscure and complex.
An obscure flaw.
The obscure night.
- Not clear or distinct; faint or undefined.An obscure figure or sound.
- Not easily understood; vague; cryptic; ambiguous.An obscure explanation.
- In an inconspicuous position; hidden.An obscure village.
- To darken; make dim.
- To conceal from view; hide.
- To make less conspicuous; overshadow.A success that obscured earlier failures.
- To make less intelligible; confuse.Testimony that obscures the issue.
An obscure passage or inscription; The speaker made obscure references to little-known literary works.
An obscure scientist.
Origin of obscure
- Middle English from Old French obscur from Latin obscūrus (s)keu- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition